|Garnett has 19 points, 16 boards, Celtics beat Raptors in NBA Europe Live preseason tour|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 06 October 2007 11:42|
ROME (AP) -Kevin Garnett had 19 points and 16 rebounds in his Celtics debut, and Boston ruined Andrea Bargnani's homecoming with an 89-85 preseason victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.|
Paul Pierce added 21 points for Boston, while Ray Allen had an off night with only 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting.
The start of the NBA Europe Live tour marked the Celtics' first game since Garnett and Allen joined the team, creating a ``Big 3'' with Boston veteran Pierce.
Bargnani, last year's top overall draft pick by Toronto, played his first game in his hometown in an NBA jersey and scored 13 points in less than 15 minutes.
T.J. Ford and Anthony Parker started at guard for the Raptors, with Chris Bosh and Jason Kapono at forward and Bargnani at center.
Ford led the Raptors with 15 points.
The other Celtics starters were Rajon Rondo at point guard and Kendrick Perkins at center.
The Raptors play Roma on Sunday, then travel to Spain to face Real Madrid. The Celtics meet Garnett's former club, the Minnesota Timberwolves, on Wednesday in London.
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